- posted 14 years ago
Dear Tea Friends,
I have just broken my very first Yi Xing tea pot. It (or let us say, she?) has not lived a long life: after less than a year's faithful service the lid has been broken. It is almost beyond me, how it could happen, as I always treated it very carefully. Nevertheless yesterday while wiping the lid with a piece of tissue paper I happened to drop it on the table. It reached the table after a very short free fall of only 20 centimeters (about 8 inches). It was inmediately broken into two halves, with many small, glass-like splinters besides the half pieces; the fragments did not look like regular clay at all, but much more like glass. - Suddenly I also remembered that I managed to chip the brim of the lid on the very first day I used it, again by dropping it on the table, but from a lesser height.
All this made me wonder whether all yi xing wares are as fragile, rigid and glass-like like the one I have, needing very cautious care, or I am just the unhappy owner of a pot of lesser quality? I bought it from one of the more reputable online vendors. According the original description it is blue Zisha mixed mildly with yellow clay.
Thanks, Gyorgy Sajo